New England Patriots Links 4/07/11 - Fans Sentenced To More Waiting

Tom E. Curran interviews Leigh Bodden, who says no matter how long the NFL lockout stretches on, the players will hold out successfully. (1.54 min. video)

"As long as it takes," Bodden told CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran. "It's a business and we have to stand tall and stand tough for what we believe in and for what we want."

"That's definitely what we have to do. Because if we give in, [the owners are] getting what they want and that's not how things need to be."

"Guys just need to be prepared and save money," Bodden said. "Do things that are free. After I get off here [at CSN Washington, where he was taping his segment with Curran via satellite], I'm gonna talk to the producer try to get a job here or something like that."

As the owners and player plaintiffs go to court, Bodden also spoke about the character Tom Brady showed by associating himself with the case.

"It shows what kind of guy he is," Bodden said. "Tom is a great guy. He stands up for everyone. Even though he's one of the top-paid players, one of the most recognized players, he knows it's for the smaller guys that aren't as recognized or make as much money. He's standing up for us and for everybody. It definitely shows what kind of guy he is and what kind of character he has."

Jerry Thornton offers a few offseason thoughts about the Patriots

I’m still trying to wrap my brain around Mike Vrabel getting charged with felony theft at a casino. I’ve still got a ton of respect for Vrabel. Enough to think that if he did do it, he broke into the vault and stole $150 million with the help of a multicultural band of eccentric but clever misfits. You know, the way it was meant to be done.

There’s been some speculation that the beef with the casino was a "misunderstanding" about the number of drinks that were on Vrabel’s tab. Assuming that’s true, here are my first thoughts:

  • As a general rule, if you’re too drunk to count your drinks, you might want to avoid the blackjack tables.
  • Vrabel is one of the named plaintiffs in the players’ lawsuit against the owners. And I’m not sure this helps the cause at all. Or I missed that part in Norma Rae where a striking Sally Field gets hammered and gets arrested for beefing with a casino waitress.
  • It’s comforting to know Vrabel’s friends are as cheap as mine. Athletes truly are just real folk.
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